Galia, a young teacher, and Natan, a
retired bank clerk, live in the same apartment building. But their little world
is turned upside down when a Bulgarian migrant worker, in flight from his
employer, enters their building. Confronting the harsh rules of the global
village and its absurd immorality, the two neighbors come up with a plan to
smuggle the Bulgarian out of the country.
In the background, Galia starts a romantic relationship with Michael,
who has unusual views on education. He introduces Galia to Sealand, a
micro-nation situated on a military offshore platform 12 kilometers off the
eastern coast of England―a metaphor for a quiet rebellion,
to create one’s own rules within the law. Michael also tells Galia about
his wish to set up a personal video channel where he can broadcast 24/7 as an
artistic statement. Galia encourages this idea, which stimulates the young
couple and plays an interesting role in their relationship.
Sealand is an intimate story about seemingly ordinary people
who lead subversive lives. The meeting between
the four characters leads each one to examine the limits of his or her personal
space and those of law and sovereignty.
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Albalach is a daring writer, whose originality and love of literature can be
seen in each of her short stories and in this novel. She has many
contradictions: her concise language is splendid, her irony is refined…Her
writing is original and full of vitality, opening the eyes and the heart, helping
her readers to see the world in which we live, and to understand it a little
better. A little differently. Her novel Sealand deserves a special
mention … It is filled with fine and precise observations saturated in restrained
humor, and is excellently organized with abundant variations on the central
theme: The desperate attempt to break through the thick skin of existence and
to tough out the extreme, the unique, the mysterious, the anarchic, and
ultimately the human.
Minister's Prize Committee, December 2015
Sealand, Albalach’s first novel, deepens her
unique voice. She creates sensitive, clear and touching insights from ordinary daily
materials, even news items…With delicate irony and compassion, she leads her
quiet protagonists along a daringly subversive path.
A book that is a little gem … It is very
important to today’s Israel. I highly recommend it.
style is distinctive: clear and restrained, with very little decoration. But as
Sealand’s protagonists proceed on their journey, everything becomes more
open and freer: the protagonists’ gestures to each other, the writing itself…Even
the supporting characters are described with sensitivity and enrich the scene.
Halperin, Israel Hayom
injects into the heritage of Kenaz a surprising and non-manipulative warmth
that strengthens the impact of her writing.
Glasner, Yedioth Ahronoth
use a musical metaphor, Noga Albalach is a great composer. She knows how to
pass the story from one character to another; when to speak and when to remain
Ehrlich, Makor Rishon
this wonderful novel, Albalach uses a narrative method that is different from what
we are used to in Israeli literature; few details of the past are known, the
future is obscure.
High-quality, restrained prose that allows the reader to get to know the characters intimately … Albalach has created profound and intriguing characters.
Meital Sharon, Mako
Sealand flows along as you read. Albalach gives precise descriptions of what is going on, both in the surroundings and inside the soul, and creates the feeling that we know the characters.
Sarit Flain, Literary blog
Sealand is an island of sanity in this insane world of ours … It is all the small and generous gestures that make the recipients happy and the givers even happier. Highly recommended!
Shuli Malka, Tolaat Sfarim
A short novel that leaves an appetite for more.
Eidelheit, Literary blog
It will be easy for you too to connect with the plot of this book … The language is polished but not highfalutin.